Tom Ammiano

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Tom Ammiano
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California State Assembly District 17
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
1994-2008
Personal
BirthdayDecember 15, 1942
Place of birthNew Jersey
ProfessionTeacher
CandidateVerification
Tom Ammiano (b. December 15, 1942) is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Ammiano's professional experience includes working as a special education teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District from 1969-1990, as an English teacher in Vietnam and as a stand-up comedian.[1]

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Ammiano served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1994-2008, and on the San Francisco School Board from 1990-1994. He is a member of the Assembly Coastal Caucus, Environmental Caucus, Golden Gate Bridge Board, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus, and Metropolitan Transportation Commission.[2]

Ammiano, who is openly gay, has been considered a role model for other gay people seeking election to public office.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ammiano served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Health
Human Services
Public Safety, Chair
Transportation
Arts

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ammiano served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ammiano served on these committees:

Issues

Marijuana

Ammiano introduced a bill in the 2009 session of the California State Assembly to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.[4]

The bill won initial approval from the Assembly's Public Safety Committee in January 2010.[5]

Gay rights

Ammiano was a key organizer against California Proposition 6 (1978), an anti-gay rights proposition which was defeated by state voters in 1978. In the 2008 film "Milk", Ammiano plays a cameo role in which he shouts down the actor playing state Sen. John Briggs.[6]

Ammiano's sponsored legislation includes:

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Political Courage test

Ammiano provided answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. In the test Ammiano listed his legislative priorities as "Universal access to health care," "Quality public schools and colleges," and "Affordable housing."[7]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[8][9]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Ammiano ranked as a 100, along with eight other Democratic members of the state assembly.[10]

Elections

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Ammiano won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 17. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 13. He and Jason Clark (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

California State Assembly, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Ammiano Incumbent 86.2% 161,124
     Republican Jason P. Clark 13.8% 25,728
Total Votes 186,852


2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Ammiano won re-election to the 13th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Republican Laura A. Peter in the November 2 general election.[13]

California State Assembly, District 13 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Ammiano (D) 120,174
Laura A. Peter (R) 24,741

2008

In 2008 Ammiano was elected to the California State Assembly District 13. Ammiano (D) finished with 162,977 votes while his opponent Harmeet Dhillon (R) finished with 32,552 votes.[14] Ammiano raised $544,239 for his campaign fund.[15]

California State Assembly District 13
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Ammiano (D) 162,977
Harmeet Dhillon (R) 32,552

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ammiano is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Ammiano raised a total of $1,097,084 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[16]

Tom Ammiano's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 17 Won $258,885
2010 California State Assembly, District 13 Won $293,960
2008 California State Assembly, District 13 Won $544,239
Grand Total Raised $1,097,084

2012

Ammiano won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Ammiano raised a total of $258,885.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Ammiano's campaign in 2012
California Teachers Association$15,600
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council$9,000
Operation Engineers Local 3$8,800
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee$6,000
California State Council of Laborers$4,900
Total Raised in 2012$258,885
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Ammiano raised $293,960 in contributions.[17]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California Teachers Association $15,600
Operating Engineers Local 3 $11,700
Service Employees Local 1021 $7,800
District Council Of Ironworkers $7,800

2008

Below are Ammiano's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[18]

Contributor 2008 total
California Nurses Association $14,400
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
California Teachers Association $14,400
Operating Engineers Local 3 $14,400
CA State Pipe Trades Council $10,800

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[19]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

Controversies

"You lie!" incident

In October 2009, Arnold Schwarzenegger attended a Democratic County Central Committee fundraiser in San Francisco. Ammiano said he thought that the appearance by the Republican Governor of California was a "cheap publicity stunt." When Schwarzenegger was introduced, Ammiano shouted "You lie!" and walked out of the gathering, saying that Schwarzenegger could "kiss my gay ass."[20]

Personal

Ammiano, who is single, has one child, Annie Jupiter Jones.

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References

  1. Dear Harvey, "Character Research: Tom Ammiano," accessed March 13, 2014
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
  3. Out History, "Out and Elected in the USA (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  4. Huffington Post, "California Stations Reject Ad Calling For Pot Legalization," July 8, 2009
  5. New York Times, "Committee Approves Calif. Pot Legalization Bill," January 12, 2010
  6. San Francisco Chronicle, "Three questions for Tom Ammiano," March 2009
  7. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Ammiano Issue Positions," accessed June 12, 2014
  8. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  9. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  10. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  14. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "Ammiano, Tom," accessed September 13, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  20. SF List, "Gov. Schwarzenegger to Tom Ammiano & SF: F*ck You," October 27, 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Cathleen Galgiani (D)
California State Assembly District 17
2012-present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
-
California State Assembly District 13
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Susan Talamantes Eggman (D)